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The Secrets Within

Alan Carter

2010    Size   H: 19 in  W: 10 in  D: 10 in    Weight: 1 lb

In a gallery - Available at American Art Company, Tacoma, WA

This is probably the most complex piece I’ve made to date. It’s a reliquary, meaning it has a hidden container inside that can hold a precious object, or “relic”, but that hidden container is also a cryptex. (Think “da Vinci Code”) The small turned element with the brass finial visible through the opening in the ebony turning on the underside is actually attached to the cryptex. When you romove the top, the cryptex with the attached pieces comes out as well. The cryptex is opened by turning the 4 rings with the letters until they line up properly, spelling out the password. In this case, it’s “open me” on 2 adjacent lines. Not too clever a password, but it works. Featured on the cover of the June 2011 Woodturning Design magazine Featured in Dec. 2010 American Woodturner magazine Featured in Dec. 2010 Woodturning Magazine (UK) Eucalyptus burl, Ebony, Indian Rosewood, Maple

detail showing cryptex.

The opening in the finial shows the lower finial attached to the cryptex. When the cryptex is removed, this finial comes with it.


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